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James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.


Who paid for that?

1 March 2015 16:16

One of the things that even its critics, such as myself, have to concede that the European Union has been good at is making clear what it has funded. By… Continue reading

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National parties no more

28 February 2015 14:10

All the election forecast models agree, the next election result is going to be remarkably tight. On these models, neither Labour nor the Tories are going to come close to… Continue reading

Cameron lost today's bout.

PMQs: Second jobs, lobbying and ‘obsessive crackpots’

25 February 2015 13:13

Ed Miliband boxed cleverer than David Cameron at PMQs today and came out with a comprehensive points victory. Miliband went, predictably, on the whole issue of second jobs for MPs.… Continue reading

David Cameron (L) of the Conservative Party and Nick Clegg (C) of the Liberal Democrats Party and Gordon Brown (R) of the Labour Party, partake in the live second televised election debate on April 15, 2010 in Bristol, United Kingdom.

The latest proposals make the TV debates less likely to happen

23 February 2015 16:13

TV debates became a little less likely to happen today. The broadcasters have announced that their proposed timetable is for the two seven party debates to come first with the… Continue reading


The lobbyist’s web still threatens the reputation of MPs, parliament and politics

23 February 2015 12:55

Allegations that Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind were involved in the latest ‘cash for access’ scandal is a reminder of the threat that lobbying poses to both the reputation of parliament… Continue reading

Pro-Russian separatists on a road near Uglegorsk (Photo: Dominique Faget/Getty)

We are one town away from a proxy war between Russia and the US

22 February 2015 11:06

We are alarmingly close to the most serious confrontation between Russia and the United States since the end of the Cold War. A proxy war between Moscow and Washington on… Continue reading


The Greek crisis isn’t over

21 February 2015 13:56

The more you read about the deal between Greece and the Eurozone, the clearer it becomes how temporary a deal it is. First, the Syrzia-led government has to submit on… Continue reading

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How bad are things for the Liberal Democrats?

19 February 2015 20:00

One of the most remarkable things about this parliament is how the Liberal Democrats have continued to hold their nerve in the face of truly dire poll ratings. Now, partly… Continue reading

The Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis.

If Greece leaves the euro could others follow?

19 February 2015 16:43

Germany wants nothing less than an unconditional surrender from the new Greek government. It is hard to draw any other conclusion from Berlin’s decision to reject Greece’s proposal for a… Continue reading


Not everyone on the right will agree with this new Conservative agenda

18 February 2015 15:49

No party knows how to break out of the war of attrition that is British politics at the moment. Neither the Tories nor Labour are expecting to hit 40 percent… Continue reading

Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar on July 18, 2014

Why Islamic State will be defeated more easily than al Qaeda

16 February 2015 17:45

One consequence of Islamic State’s barbarity is that we know relatively little about it. This is what makes Graeme Wood’s piece about it in the Atlantic, based on extensive conversations… Continue reading

Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

The danger for Miliband in his tax triumph

15 February 2015 12:04

Last week was Labour’s best of the campaign so far and the Tories’ worst. The row over tax avoidance and Lord Fink’s comments reinforced the damaging perception that the Tories… Continue reading


Will Labour rule out a deal with the SNP?

14 February 2015 12:50

Who ends up governing Britain after the election may well be determined by what happens in the Scottish seats. If the SNP take a slew of seats from Labour, it… Continue reading

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Visits Northern Ireland

Is this back to basics for financial affairs?

12 February 2015 14:25

This morning, there was much Westminster chatter about whether Ed Miliband would repeat his accusation made at PMQs yesterday about the ‘tax avoidance activities of Lord Fink’. But shortly before… Continue reading


A bold idea that might just help the Tories win a majority

12 February 2015 12:11

Iain Duncan Smith has come up with a bold idea that might just enable the Tories to break out of the inch by inch, trench warfare of current British politics.… Continue reading

Francis Maude is trying to undo some of the gumming up of Whitehall. Picture: Getty

One area where Labour and the Tories have started agreeing

11 February 2015 19:31

With less than three months to go to the election, politics is pretty partisan at Westminster at the moment as PMQs today demonstrated. But there is one area where there… Continue reading


Miliband’s attacks fell flat at PMQs

11 February 2015 13:48

The stage was set for Ed Miliband at PMQs today. Just before the session, The Guardian revealed the names of various Tony donors who allegedly had accounts with HSBC’s Swiss… Continue reading


Why this election campaign makes me fear for the future of the United Kingdom

9 February 2015 16:34

After the Scottish referendum campaign, the Union could probably have done with a period of calm. But it is not going to get it. Who gets to form a government… Continue reading

Larry the Downing Street Cat Waits Outside Number 10

Will anyone be able to govern Britain after the next election?

8 February 2015 10:35

With every week that goes by, the more likely it is that the next election could result in a stalemate with neither Labour nor the Tories able to put together… Continue reading

Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for E

The Burnham message

7 February 2015 9:13

Andy Burnham’s interview in The Times today lays down several markers. He praises Len McCluskey, declares that trade union funding is best for Labour, slates Alan Milburn, criticises Peter Mandelson… Continue reading


One of Gove’s most important education reforms is in danger

5 February 2015 14:22

One of this week’s most important stories is tucked away in the Times’ Higher Education supplement today. It appears that one of Michael Gove’s most important reforms, putting universities—not Whitehall—in charge… Continue reading

A house in the Eastwood area of Rotherham (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Rotherham urgently needs a chance to recalibrate its moral compass

4 February 2015 16:25

One would have thought that it was impossible for the Rotherham sex abuse story to become even more depressing. But it has. The Times, which has led the way in… Continue reading

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PMQs: Spouses are now considered fair game

4 February 2015 13:46

David Cameron didn’t answer the question today at PMQs despite Ed Miliband repeating it five times. But in a rowdy chamber, it didn’t seem to matter as Tory MPs roared… Continue reading

British Business Secratary Peter Mandels

Is fear of Mandelson holding Labour back on tuition fees?

2 February 2015 18:15

Patrick Wintour has a fascinating piece in The Guardian on Labour’s dilemma on tuition fees. Particularly striking is that Ed Balls is deeply concerned about how Peter Mandelson might react… Continue reading

Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Labour MPs’ minds wander to a post-election contest

1 February 2015 10:20

With the opinion polls so tight at the moment, we’re having to look for other ways to try and work out what the general election result will be. One indicator… Continue reading